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Training Log Archive: revy

In the 7 days ending Feb 1:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Backcountry skiing6 28:00:00 51.57(32:34) 83.0(20:14) 8550
  Strength1 1:00:00
  Total7 29:00:00 51.57 83.0 8550

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Saturday Feb 1 #

Strength 1:00:00 [2]

Transfer day was the continuation of the massive storm so got stuck in the lodge for an extra night. Warmed up to zero in the middle of the night then cooled off right away. We spent at least an hour moving the snow piles that were encroaching on the cabin getting our daily exercise.

Friday Jan 31 #

8 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight/Findr) 4:30:00 [2] 14.0 km (19:17 / km) +1325m 13:05 / km

Day 7: The big storm had moved in though the forecast was for the worst of the wind and warming to be in the evening so ski conditions held up through the course of the day. We skied Million Dollar Holler and a couple lines on Respiratory Distress. Fun skiing and only a little bit of double pen. Stuart and I finished with an extra run on Dessert though it was starting to get a bit too deep on the middle section. Tough trail breaking the last two days which made my hip hurt a bit more. Luckily it doesn't hurt while doing stuff just afterwards...

Fun trip with great skiing. It was really nice to have a small group. Pace was casual which was fine. Stuart and I did not ski extra as much as last time - this was likely due to Eiri and my dad staying out often for 3/4 days vs everyone only skiing 1/2 days last time. This was our second trip to this lodge and it is one of the better lodges in the northern Selkirks for tree skiing which worked out well this week given the visibility. Would not have wanted to be at one of the more alpine lodges. I think January is a good time to come as you can still ski the solar aspects. Will certainly keep this lodge on the regular rotation.

Thursday Jan 30 #

8 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight/Findr) 4:00:00 [2] 14.0 km (17:09 / km) +1150m 12:09 / km

Day 6: We woke up and for the first time all week had a proper sunrise. Took advatage of the blue skies to head into the alpine and Paradise Ridge but the weather started changing once we arrived on the ridge. Also had quite the wind event the night before and the ridge was a little wind affected. The snow got better once we hit the trees - skied Keyhole and Return to Paradise. Didn't quite hit Keyhole perfectly though did climb out from the climber's far right which was quite nice. Thought about doing an extra run but the weather wasn't that appealing and I was worried about coming back in a whiteout. Added a small run down Sun Bowl but not sure it was worth it given we couldn't climb up Sun Bowl due to poor vis. Some of the group managed to glide back along the uptrack wth only a few side steps.

Wednesday Jan 29 #

8 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight/Findr) 6:00:00 [3] 17.0 km (21:11 / km) +2100m 13:05 / km

Day 5: Stormy day with about 10cm of snow and some wind forecast. Luckliy the wind didn't arrive untl later in the evening. We spent most of the day in Burn skiing different varations. The second run we did was especially good - no need to climb all the way to the top of the knob as hard to ski from the top due to windlips. Sue joined us for two runs which was great as this was the first time I've skied with her in all the years of her cooking for us. Rob and Pete joined her on the way home while my dad and Eiri did one more run in the Burn. Time was a bit tight but Stuart and I decided to drop off the backside into Two Sandwich Run. No wind slab at the top this year... fun 500m descent though best for a smaller group as it does become a bit like a halfpipe. Quick paced climb back to the ridge and another run in the Burn before heading back to the lodge. Felt pretty good climbing at 600m/hr pace for two of the climbs. The last climb to the lodge was tiring though - more snow on the old trail than I expected.

Tuesday Jan 28 #

8 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight/Findr) 4:30:00 [3] 12.0 km (22:30 / km) +1350m 14:24 / km

Day 4: Million Dollar Hollar but a bit further to the right down the shoulder into the gully. Set an uptrack through the Burn which worked OK though have to cross a couple potential avalanche paths along the way. SKied into Mayvill via a ramp from the top and then cut left to ski the trees skier's left of the path. The trees were vary nice with open glades in the upper portion, xmas tree in the middle, and then an open fan. Main Hogzilla path looked OK too though a little bit of a gully. The uptrack was a little tricky as the trees are growing in the 2 Sandwich run out. The previous guide's track went left earlier but this would require a traverse across a steep gully. The climber's left trees are nice for climbing in the area we entered them. We short cut the corner on the climb though going through the pass would be easier. The upper ridge had alot of wind lips like last time. Skied off the top into the Burn's left most path. This is the narrowest path with the tightest trees at the bottom. My dad was keen to ski Hor D'euvres and the evening light was good so we finished with that again.

Monday Jan 27 #

8 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight/Findr) 5:00:00 [3] 14.0 km (21:26 / km) +1375m 14:22 / km

Day 3: Variable weather forecast again. Started with Blast Off which was a new run for me. There was a sun crust that appeared part of the way down but still skable so kept going for 500 vertical meters. The upper portion has some tighter trees and likely needs at least 2m HS. Once in the main path there is more space. Could have skied at least another 100m. Climbing back up requires you to stick to the edges of the path (and then cross it) so requires reasonable stability. The climb back up seemed to take a long time. Our pace this trip was fairly casual so even while breaking trail the rest of the group was a ways behind (other than Eiri). That allowed some time to dig pits and break trail at an easy pace. Next run was a steep one down Million Dollar Holler (stability was good and skied directly from the high point) and then back to Main Course. The evening ended up being pretty nice so Stuart and I skied a nice line from the ridge down Hors D'Oeuvres. Non stop down 250m in great snow and light - great run.

Sunday Jan 26 #

9 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight/Findr) 4:00:00 [2] 12.0 km (20:00 / km) +1250m 13:09 / km

Day 2: Mixed weather today with some foggy conditions. Skied Dessert, Main Course and the Burn (last run was just Stuart and I). Upper pitches had some poor visibility but the snow was pretty good.

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